How to Apply

The application period for the Leadership Essentials programs has closed.  Applications for the 2021 program will be available in summer 2020.

For more information about the Howard County program, contact Lori Fuchs at

For more information about the Baltimore Cohort program, contact Lori Raggio at

For general inquires, email or call 410-617-2303.

Online Application Fee and Tuition Payments

Leadership Essentials Howard County

LEHC Application Fee

LEHC Tuition

Leadership Essentials Baltimore Cohort

LEBC Application Fee

LEBC Tuition

Program Session Schedule

LEHC Program Schedule


LEBC Program Schedule

Candidate Profile

  • The Leadership Essentials program is targeted for young professionals in the beginning or middle of their careers.
  • Leadership Essentials seeks representation from a cross-section of the community: business, labor, education, the arts, religion, government, and community organizations. 
  • Applicants must have the support (financial and time commitment) of the organization or corporation they represent.
  • Approximately 25 individuals will be selected to participate in the program

The Leadership Essentials Selection Committee will review all applications and select the participants. The committee evaluates each applicant based upon the merits of the written application and a personal interview. The committee will also consider the diverse skill set and experience of the person, specifically: 

  1. Demonstrated passion, motivation, or commitment to developing as a leader.
  2. Current use of leadership skills at work or outside of their organization.
  3. Communication skills.
  4. Demonstrated initiative to take on leadership roles, either in their organization or in a volunteer capacity.
  5. Sincere desire to participate in community service.

Participant Commitment

  • Leadership Essentials begins in December and ends in June. 
  • The program cohorts kick off with orientation in December 2019 and begin with a retreat consisting of with a day-and-a-half retreat (consecutive days) in January 2020. Attendance is required at these events.
  • The final class schedule will be sent with the participant’s acceptance materials. The monthly workshops for Leadership Essentials Howard County are normally held on Thursdays; workshops for Leadership Essentials Baltimore Cohort are normally held on Tuesdays. Dates for LE 2020 will be determined by early July 2019.
  • To successfully complete the Leadership Essentials program, participants are expected to attend all class sessions, contribute to a team community service project outside of class time and participate in a coaching relationship. Participants may miss no more than 6 hours of class time in order to successfully complete the program.
  • If an applicant is accepted into the program and either does not accept or accepts and is then forced to drop-out of the program, there is no guarantee that the applicant will be accepted into the program in subsequent years. Once the program has begun, no refunds will be issued.

Tuition for each participant is $3650. Tuition is due by December 2, 2019.

For more information email or call 410-617-2303.